“Tyrion Lannister, the youngest of Lord Tywin’s brook and by far the ugliest. All that the gods had given to Cersei and Jaime, they had denied Tyrion. He was a dwarf, half his brother’s height, struggling to keep pace on stunted legs. His head was too large for his body, with a brute’s squashed-in face beneath a swollen shelf of brow. One green eye and one black one peered out from under a lank of hair so blonde it seemed white”
Tyrion Lannister is a fan favorite, and it also said to be the favorite character of George R.R. Martin himself. Tyrion has more point of view chapters than any other in the book series. While everyone else has been in an uproar over the lineage of Jon Snow, I’ve always been curious about Tyrion’s? A three-headed dragon sigil represents House Targaryen, Dany being one dragon, now Jon Snow is the second, but who is the third?
Obviously, GRRM doesn’t come right and tell us everything, but he does drop clues. Notice in the very first description of Tyrion, he is described as having two different colored eyes, and hair that is so blonde it seemed white. Now, if you’re a book reader or an intense fan like me, you might have done some digging and research already. In the very first book I captured hints that Tyrion may not be a Lannister after all. On his way to The Wall, he tells Jon Snow of the dreams he had as a boy about dragons and fire and tells him that he used to dream of burning Tywin and Cersei. He also states that he used to build fires and stare into them for hours,and pretend it was dragon flame. After growing older though, the dreams stopped but he has always been fascinated by them.
In a Dance With Dragons, Tyrion meets the red priest Moqorro and like Melisandre he can see the future in the flames. Upon this, he tells Tyrion:
“Dragons old and young, true and false, bright and dark. And you. A small man with a big shadow, snarling in the midst of it all.”
But why could Tyrion secretly be a Targaryen? The Mad King, lusted for Joanna Lannister and constantly made comments to mock and humiliate Tywin. Other characters in the books make note about Joanna, and claim Tywin loved her very much. Maester Pycelle says when Joanna was alive Tywin would smile at times however, when she died his smile died with her. Also, King Aerys took unwonted liberties with Lady Joanna during her bedding ceremony, to Tywin’s displeasure. Not long thereafter, Queen Rhaella dismissed Joanna Lannister from her service but no reason for this was ever given. Lady Joanna departed at once for Casterly Rock and seldom visited King’s Landing afterwards.
Lady Joanna did decided to attend the great Anniversary Tourney of 272 AC, held to commemorate Aerys’s tenth year upon the Iron Throne, Joanna Lannister brought Jaime and Cersei from Casterly Rock to present before the court. King Aerys asked her if “giving suck to them had ruined her breasts, which were so high and proud?” Lady Joanna was humiliated and Tywin Lannister attempted to return his chain of office the next morning, but the king refused to accept his resignation. This sexual joke towards Joanna is evident that the king still lusted for her. Nine months after the tourney Joanna dies giving birth to Tyrion. Did Aerys force Joanna to be with him at the tourney?
It’s also important to consider that Aerys and his wife (sister) Rhaella had multiple miscarriages and stillbirths. Some of the children that were born alive died within a year. Was this a problem with Rhaella or Aerys? I feel as if this further supports that Tyrion could very well be a Targaryen considering this history of babies born with medical issues. Of course the king blamed his wife but what if she wasn’t to blame at all? Not to mention Cersei and Jaime are described as being pretty much flawless even though Tywin and Joanna were first cousins.
We see that Tywin really does despise Tyrion: “You ask that? You, who killed your mother to come into the world? You are an ill-made, devious, disobedient, spiteful little creature full of envy, lust, and low cunning. Men’s laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colors, since I cannot prove that you are not mine. To teach me humility, the gods have condemned me to watch you waddle about wearing that proud lion that was my father’s sigil and his father’s before him. But neither gods nor men shall ever compel me to let you turn Casterly Rock into your whorehouse.”
King Aerys was known to be a womanizer and drinker, sound familiar? Hmmmm.
Even after Joanna’s death, Aerys continues to torment Tywin. When Tywin finally did resign it was because Aerys sent for Jaime to be a Kingsguard, taking Tywin’s only heir by Joanna. Tywin was furious and went back to Casterly Rock, taking Cersei with him.
Do you drink and know things? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and theory, but as a fan favorite I wanted to discuss who Tyrion Lannister may actually be. Is he part of the three-headed dragon prophecy?
I think you are on to something… Looking forward to the next season to find out if we find out! I am sure Brandon Stark – 3 Eyed Raven – will shed some light on this.